Life things- Mini update

I take so many random and strange photos when I travel 😊

Honestly, most of the time I’m only taking the pictures to capture the feeling I had in that moment.

Memories are magical

So in the last few weeks I’ve found a screw in my tire (🤔 to convenient), I’ve had a girls trip to Mississippi to pick up my sister

We hit a few choice spots when we headed back ✌🏼

We also ended up spending the night in Atlanta due to finding a bubble in one of my other tires ( tires and me have no damn luck 🤦🏻‍♀️)… it was an irritating delay in our plans but we made the most of it and ended up having a great day while we waited for a spare 😊

And after all that, I spent an entire weekend revising and editing a few pieces I’ve been procrastinating on.

It feels so damn good to sit down and write lately. And I mean good.

I feel like my voice changes from time to time, but for the most part, it stands true to who I am and what I’m trying to share with the world.

I’m so thankful for you guys who listen to me and share your own stories with me 😊 It’s amazing to be in such an inspiring community.

Keep the lights on your muse 💋

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Facebook and Instagram have taken a holiday…

And I’m sure I’m suppose to be extremely freaked out… but honestly….

I’m only trying to figure out how to talk with the few social media friends I spoke with regularly 😂 ( note to self, exchange emails from now on ).

I don’t even care that a combined 15yrs of pictures and videos could be lost, hundreds of networking connections gone in a blink of an eye or that I can’t scroll through and see what’s going on in the lives of the “insta famous” influencers I follow and friends and family back home 🤷🏻‍♀️

In a way, I’m glad this happened.

It’s shown me that I’m not dependent on social media, I just use it out of boredom, procrastination and the occasionally “What’s aunt Tilly been up to lately” 💁🏻‍♀️😄

So, for those who don’t know (which is probably very few of you) Facebook and all related apps – WhatsApp and Instagram- Crashed today worldwide.

And we’ve been given very little information as to why this happened or what caused it …

Facebook did take to Twitter and reported that they are..

“aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

And then again later, via Twitter announced…

“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.”

Other than that, social media users have received no further information as to the cause of the crash or the expected duration. And let me tell you, people are freaking out!

Twitter has exploded with tweets about the outages. #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown are now two of the top trending tags on the platform.

People are even creating tweets, joking that MySpace has finally received an open window at a chance to regain its popularity 😂 (Anyone remember there old account info?)

Now not all of us are as lost as others. For some, the apps are only glitching and causing minor inconveniences.

But once you start trying to troubleshoot the issue (like I did before realizing what was really going on) you get logged out entirely and are unable to access anything. So you don’t even have the peace of mind of knowing your content is safe and still right where you left it.

*Deep breaths. It will all be ok

So, what’s going on? Will we wake up tomorrow and all will be well?

Or do you think this will last longer?

I’m curious to know you’re thoughts

Boys are such a pain 😛

So, I’ve potty trained pets before. A lot of them actually and I’ve never had as much of an issue as I have with this little man.

Ugh!!!

Why are boys so much more difficult?

My female dogs have all figured out the puppy pad thing in 3 weeks, then alerting me by going to the door by 5 weeks.

But this guy, my little Bruiser man… is going on month 2…3🤔 and we’re still playing the “Don’t pee on my carpet!” game 🤦🏻‍♀️

He’s to the point where he knows and understands he has done wrong. But he just hasn’t gotten a handle on using his pad on a regular basis. Yet. Ughh….

We will have this mastered by the end of the month, I’m determined.

Writing my Novel, despise being annoyed with it. HELP ME!

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I started off writing a very “I know what I’m doing” column style post about working through fatigue, writers block and social agreements to finish your damn book…. But I ended up being talked out of it by a friend of mine and was advised to just write how I feel and how I’m managing it all, in my own words.

So here I am, I’m writing this blog as a form of procrastination because my story is driving me nuts and I’m struggling to get the chapters to flow together the way I want them to… The characters have stopped talking to me…

And of course, Not all the characters have stopped talking to me, just the ones that pertain to this specific book! *Slams head on desk*

Can someone please tell the elf and fairy to stop for a few minutes? I don’t have the energy to deal with them at the moment… Thanks…

Originally, (and planned since last weekends cold/flu epidemic) I was taking this entire weekend to print, read, re-write and then, re-print my current “Top Priority” novel. And sip a few thousand cups of tea while I was at it 😉  But like 90% of all things I try to plan… things change.

Travel plans have been added to my schedule, which means packing and rethinking my plans for the week. And of course, totally throwing out my weekend chill plans due to my brain doing nothing but thinking about driving, traffic, packing light, and Bruiser.

And I may be binge watching Sex and the City again… lol

 

Ok, so really. My goal plan , despise all my distractions (the real ones and the ones I’m making up) is to still get at least half of my re-writing done this weekend.  

The plan of attack:

  • Read your current chapters
  • Compile notes on possible changes and/or things that need to be added
  • Put all notes into a folder (either on your laptop or physical file )
  • Re-write your character index cards
  • Start. Your. Re-Write

And then I have to remind myself not to forget these notes when I leave town so I can keep working on my re-write while I’m hotel-ing it.

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So, what are your Go-To motions for “Getting your writing done” over a busy weekend?  Or even, throughout a busy week when you still need sleep, food and of course… work a day job?

 

 

 

 

Just me, feeling like crap but making the most of it.

I feel like I haven’t left my house for anything besides work in over two weeks.

Can I just say being sick is a pain in the arse?

I hate it. Like a 3yr old hates nap time.

So, while my energy levels are slowly working on rising themselves back up, this bug has made me miss a deadline this week, made me need to push out the deadline for a few mini projects I’m working on, and I  had to turn down a week of covering for another safety rep on another job site due to being half me and feeling like I had half brain function. And let’s not talk about my stomach… it’s still a sensitive topic…

On the plus side of it all, I was able to catch up on a little light reading, dive head first into a new Netflix series and pin-up a few story ideas for future projects. Win, Win right? lol

So even with being sick and feeling like I should be picking out a headstone, I’m still keeping busy and trying to balance health and life.

Part of being a freelance writer is the ability to still support yourself even when you’re unable to work your regular “muggle job” hours and bring in that comforable check.  And so, sick or not sick,  I write.  Maybe only for a few hours or minutes at a time, depending on how I feel.

But it’s better than sitting around doing nothing all day.

I’m a firm believer that hard work is the magic ingredient to everything. It’s not always the quickest way to get what you want, but it’s the most fulfilling. At least, to me it is.

They say, Dress for the job you want, not the one you have”. So, in the writing world, that means “write like you’re already contracted to publish.” and write like you’re every word is reaching millions of people and making an impact.

And that is what I’m trying to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my muggle job, it’s challenging, keeps me busy, and allows me to travel and see parts of the states that I probably wouldn’t have decided to stick around in and explore. There are days, or even weeks, where I’m tired and miss being home in my own bed, my own kitchen and on a regular schedule.

But all in all, it’s an exciting learning experience and I would suggest it to anyone.

Even when I have weeks when I’m living off apples and yogurt, or pinching pennies to fill my gas tank up… Sometimes because I spent to much on books… the whole experience is eye-opening and rather intriguing to a mind like mine. It’s not as extreme as backpacking around the world, but it’s a close second in my book.

So, what are my plan once I’m feeling better?

Well, besides cleaning my house and giving everything a thorough disinfecting, I have full intent on revisiting this dam we found around here and spending a long afternoon (weather permitting) revising a manuscript while I soak up some Vitamin D and fresh air.

After all this, I feel in desperate need of a vacation and my current w.i.p could use a fresh set of eyes.

So how do you deal with being sick?

Any remedies and/ or cure all’s you can share?

New places bring new experiences and the good old fashion cold

Like waiting a month for permits to be approved so we can have heat and power in our office trailer…

Currently we spend our days playing power roulette with our electronics so we can make it through an 8hr day still “connecting” with the outside world (AKA- phone calls and emails with anyone related to this job and our SC site).

No power also means no main Wi-Fi either… meaning our hotspots run like crazy and I’m just waiting for the phone call telling me I have run over my allotted usage,  any day now.  Sooooo glad I only see and deal with the bill my personal phone accumulates in a month and not the bill the business line receives, because both have been running so much, I’m surprised I haven’t seen smoke. lol

So besides not having power, we also don’t have heat and it’s been around the 40’s lately, raining off and on and rather windy from time to time.

Cue my new found Cold …. Ugh.

 

So, like most new sites, ours is currently a dirt city. But instead of cars, we have thousand-ton equipment driving around. And instead of paved roadways to travel on, we have ruts so deep you could hide in them.

And with the recent weather we’ve had, you might be faster swimming around the site instead of walking or attempting to maneuver an ATV.

I did know a little bit about the construction business before I took this job, but there is such a big difference between knowing what goes on out on a construction site and physically working out on a construction site.  Things change so often from site to site, so you can’t ever assume things will go one way or the other and constant continued education is almost a must.

There is so much more to think about while on site besides just your specific job task. I’ve got to give props to the tradesman and women that work out in the elements and these types of conditions on a day-to-day basis and still manage to get the job done and go home safely every night.

Some of they’re task may be simple, but they can’t just think of themselves out there. Team work is a must for success.

It’s actually quite amazing to watch and see first hand what all goes into some of these structures and designs.

It takes a lot of talent, hard work and a lot of long hours.

And some of these guys really don’t know what they’re getting into when they sign up for a traveling gig like this one.  Some come well prepared , while others… well struggle with the change and new lifestyle.

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is a lot of these guys end up eating like utter crap and have the worst immune systems I’ve ever seen (kind of like mine at this moment). At first they don’t mind eating out and ditching the time consuming task of cooking and cleaning up after themselves, but it gets old quick… and expensive.   

Really thinking about showing off my weird side and making little hotel food lists for things that are easy to make and cover all the food groups evenly.  I’m sure that’ll brighten the day up for a few people lol either they’ll like it and use it or get a laugh out of me for taking the time to make them.  Win, Win either way right? 🙂 

We’ll see I suppose 

Bruiser, a newspaper man?

I think Bruiser has shown me just another reason why he was meant to be in my life. 😊

Not only does he have a weird habit of sitting on my shoulders like a parrot (or cat if you know my kiddos at home lol), but he also spent all day Sunday watching me write and edit a few articles, and sat on my lap watching a slew of newspaper based movies.

Most likely he just found the noises curious, but I can pretend he’s a writer at heart and thinking about the thrill of chasing down a good story and beating deadlines. Lol 😅

I feel Bruiser and I are starting over at the beginning. Potty training is a pain in the arse…. females are so much easier to train. Hands down.

And he’s proving to me that he has full intent of finding every loop hole possible to get around following the basic rules of potty training and behavior. My puppy the toddler ladies and gentleman 😅

We’ll get the hang of it.

Hopefully sooner than later 🙏🏼

Feel free to drop your puppy training tips below. Or any funny stories you have about living with your pets 😊

I’m going to start separating my posts a little bit, to make them easier to find since my post topics are so wide.

Be on the look out for a new format and a lot more helpful tips and information on this site 😉

Jen

A writer with no pen

How is that even possible??

Well, in today’s world it’s very possible and almost preferred to over the good old fashion pen and paper writing.

But yesterday while I rummaged through a magazine rack at the grocery store, I loved that I overheard a woman make the statement “I’m writer with no pen…” as she took a pen and slip of paper from a guy who had just gracefully asked her for her number and a possible date next weekend.

Yes, I eve’s drop a lot when I’m out and about. I don’t always do it intentionally, sometimes I just catch myself listening in on the many conversations going on around me.

It’s turned into a habit I have a hard time controlling.

So back on the “Writers without pens” subject.

Almost everyone I see writing out in public, all have a laptop or iPad and hardly ever a notebook or binder…  Am I just missing the time frame retro writers come out in public? Lol

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the lack of hassle and mess that a computer (or iPad) provides over a notebook. It’s easier to organize everything and you do have the ability to look anything up at the drop of a hat.

But… having so much at your finger tips makes for easy procrastination.

You spend time finding the perfect music, finding pictures that inspire your current chapter or scene, and worst of all… you spend time “Talking” about writing on all your social media accounts VS actually writing

 

When I’m not taking my writing time serious, or I’m to cluttered in the head to write clearly, I love my laptop. I can run a few different browsers at one time, I can research, listen to music and write. It helps me quiet out the noise in my head.

A little controlled chaos if you will.

But when I just want to write, or already know exactly what is going on in a scene, I stick to my notebook. I can babble, I can write without eyeing the word count and judging my progress.

It’s liberating.

And I get three times as much done.

Plus, when it comes time for me to type it up in my word document, it all goes through its first editing process without me really having to think about editing it.

 

So, I want opinions.

What is your preferred method of writing?

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I figured it was about time I give my little traveling companion a proper debut 💕

This little burst of energy is a 4lb chihuahua that joined my team right before I left SC and headed to NC for work 😊

He’s only 3(ish) months old, travels like a champ, and is still perfecting the potty pad training.

Be very prepared for lots of pictures 💕😊

I think he makes a great comfort pup for those uncomfortable meetings on performance and punch list items 💁🏻‍♀️

Our little “comfort pup” 😉

-Jen

Taking the Reins…part 2

I’m going to start this one out by saying… UGHHHHHH!…..

Ok, I feel better now lol

Recap of the last few weeks…

I’ve packed and officially moved from SC to NC!   There’s still a few things work wise to get packed up and moved over here, but for the most part, I am settled.  I’ve set myself up in a cute (I’m quit taken by it) one bedroom apartment, and I’ve already roamed around one of the local libraries and made myself  home 🙂

My mind is significantly full and my apartment… is not.  Currently my furniture consists of a bed, inversion table, one book shelf, and a stool.  Luckily, the place came with a fridge, microwave and a dish washer otherwise I would be completely lost and probably a bit stressed. They also have laundry service area on site, which buys me time to get adjusted and purchase a washer and dryer for myself. (Thank you Lord for these blessings)

My counter top has been dubbed my desk top, it’s not the most comfortable, but it’s the most convenient for me right now.  My head has been working over time since mid January, and honestly I’m eating more in the way of soul food than real food right now anyway 🙂  (Don’t worry, I’m not starving) So it makes more sense to take over my kitchen as my work space, so I’m not stuck sitting on my bed all the time. lol

I started to think my inner Carrie Bradshaw was coming out. But instead of devouring Vogue and living for fashion, I’m working my way down my list of Authors and Writers I’m determined to learn something from, And running wild with idea’s and story lines for my own work.  Hashtag #Inspired 😀 

I think I’m more of a Gilmore Girl than a Carrie Bradshaw anyway 😉   Fashion and I don’t know each other very well, and I live in steal toe boots and hoodies most of the day. So I think Carrie would cry at the site of me lol

Speaking of which, the new job site is huge. A lot bigger than the last few I’ve been on. And I’m really looking forward to watching it slowly build from the ground up.  I’m trying to keep a better photo file on this job than I did on the last one too, It was well underway before I had my Ipad set up and was able to store photos properly. This site one on the other hand, I’m well prepared for. Despite the few snags that have been intentionally tossed in my path… Good thing I played hopscotch as a kid, who knew those skills would come in handy own the road 😉

 

~Jen